House of Books

Photographer Frank Bohbot has documented the overlooked beauty of libraries all around the world.

From Italy to Japan, Bohbot has travelled all over to create the ‘House of Books’, an astonishing collection of architectural images.

This unique visual record reveals a diverse range of cultures: for example, Rome’s Bibllioteca Angelica has a grand heritage and a lived-in atmosphere, whereas Seikei University Library in Japan uses modern furniture and wide open spaces for a more minimalist look.

However, one thing all the libraries share is their incredible collections of much-loved books.

Take a look at some of Bohbot’s images here and tell us which ones are your favourites.

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World Interior of the Year shortlist unveiled

The shortlist for World Interior of the Year 2015 has been revealed, showcasing all sorts of innovative, inspiring, and unique interior designs.

The awards, organised by INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, celebrate fantastic design in nine categories, including Creative Re-use, Display, and Hotels.

Fifty projects have been shortlisted; our favourites include the colourful Medibank Workplace (pictured) and the striking New Rock World Ktv in China.

Take a look at the complete list of shortlisted project here and tell us for which ones you would vote.

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Orbits Clock tells the time with a twist

Orbits ClockStudio VE has created a visually striking wall clock, which is a perfect quirky feature for the home or office.

The ‘Orbits Clock’ features three rotating carbon circles.

The time is read by studying small indicators located on the hour and minute ‘hands’.

Read more about this innovative device here and watch a demonstration below.


Pantone announces colour of the year 2015

Pantone has chosen Marsala as colour of the year for 2015. Pantone Colour of the Year Marsala 18-1438

The full bodied qualities of Marsala 18-1438 make it a perfect stand-alone statement tone, an ideal fit for use in interior spaces such as kitchens and dining rooms and for soft furnishings and linens.

Marsala is also the perfect complement to other colours throughout the home as a result of its natural red-brown earthen hues.

The colour of the year is not necessarily about choosing a colour that is in fashion, or replicating a trend, it’s a shade reflective of consumers’ emotions and feelings of the time.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute® said “this hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Find out more about Pantone’s colour of the year Marsala here.

BCO reveals most innovative workplaces

BCO awardsThe British Council for Offices has announced the winners of its national awards.

The BCO annually recognises the ‘best and most innovative’ workplaces in the UK, awarding ‘visionary office design and functionality’.

The prizes up for grabs included the President’s Award, Commercial Workplace, and the Innovation Award.

Winning offices are located in London, Rochdale, Manchester, and Derby.

You can find out more about the awards, which have been running since 1992, here.

A unique sloping staircase

Sloping staircaseA unique staircase flows through a home as one structure over two levels.

The staircase by Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop consists of sleek wooden slats that are built into the wall of the apartment.

The stairs slope downwards to provide the lower set of steps where they attach to the opposite wall, creating a sweeping, natural motion.

Providing lighting and ventilation to the apartment, the staircase was devised as a sculpture and centrepiece to the residence.

Take a closer look at the staircase here and tell us if you would like this in your home.

Clerkenwell Design Week

Visualisation of Jaguar Foscarini installationThe fifth Clerkenwell Design Week opened on Tuesday 20th May, hosting the most innovative products, designers and brands around. Here are a few of our favourite locations on the showcase trail:

Design Factory – The Farmiloe Building

Jaguar and Italian lighting firm Foscarini have created a dramatic scene in the Design Factory’s atrium, pairing a bespoke Jaguar with a supersized light installation by Ferruccio Laviani.

Jaguar invited designers to submit concept wraps for its new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé, using the #FearlessDesign hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

The winning design, ‘Untamed Creativity’ by Justin Silke, resembles a dynamic scrawl, which Jaguar described as embodying their ‘design ethos of visual drama and individualism’.

Laviani’s Tuareg consists of orange and black tubular elements arranged into a three-dimensional structure and suspended from the ceiling. There are other Tuareg installations on display in the Foscarini stage, alongside other work, including Big Bang by Vicente Garcia Jimenez, Lightwing by Jean Marie Massaud and Rituals by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba.

Detail – St. John’s Square

Another exhibition worth visiting is Detail at St. John’s Square, which hosts luxury interior brands. One must-see is the edra showcase in the medieval crypt of the Order of St. John; featuring work from designers such as the Campana brothers, the pieces combine eclectic influences and reimagine them in classic furniture styles. The lowlights and tranquillity of the crypt somehow enhance the ‘otherness’ of the collection, ensuring a memorable experience.

Tile Mile – St. John’s Gate

Tile Mile - DezeenTile Mile invites visitors to revel in the kaleidoscopic effect of the transformed St. John’s Gate, which is described in The Icon Guide to CDW as being ‘reminiscent of the famous Basilica Cistern in Istanbul’.

Using mirrors in the inner arches and a complex, colourful floor tile design, Tile Mile also reflects the archway’s stunning vaulted ceiling. The temporary installation was created by architects russ + henshaw and sponsored by Turkishceramics.

Find out more about Clerkenwell Design Week (which runs until the 22nd May) here.


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